Fr. John Strickland, a professor of history at Saint Katherine Orthodox College, examines civilization’s orientation toward the kingdom of heaven when traditional Christianity was influential, and its “disorientation” toward the fallen world in the wake of traditional Christianity’s decline in the west following the Great Schism.
On a new "Ancient Faith Presents," Bobby Maddex interviews the conductor Peter Jermihov about a concert of Orthodox Lenten and Marian hymns that will be performed by the St. Romanos Choir at Holy Virgin Protection Cathedral in Des Plaines, Illinois, on April 7, 2013. The concert is titled "My Soul, My Soul—Arise! Why Art Thou Sleeping?"
On a recent research trip overseas, Kh. Krista West, an ecclesiastical tailor and the host of the podcast "The Opinionated Tailor," visited San Marcos in Venice, Italy, a church adorned with looted Byzantine art and iconography. In doing so, she was really hit by the magnitude of the loss of Constantinople, which prompted this reflection on beauty and the sublime.
After a season of elections, an inauguration, the State of the Union address, as well as social and political unrest, Fr. Thomas Hopko, Dean Emeritus of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, explores an ancient Christian perspective on the rights identified in the Declaration of Independence.
In a two-part talk on the Feast of the Annunciation, which we celebrate this week, Fr. Thomas Hopko explores the words of the Magnificat. Part one can be heard below. Part two can be accessed by clicking on the icon to the left.
Fr Laurent Cleenewercke discusses with host Kevin Allen papacy, primacy, and church as they are differently understood in both Catholicism and Orthodoxy.
At the annual Lenten Retreat for SVOTS Seminarians, Fr. Chad Hatfield, the Chancellor of St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, discusses three assured paths to spiritual renewal as we participate in the Great Fast: Mary and the Incarnation, the Mysteries of Baptism and the Eucharist, and our vocation to Mission. This is part one of four forthcoming presentations.
From March 1-3, 2013, Holy Cross-Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Birmingham, Alabama, hosted a retreat titled “An Invitation to Be Orthodox on Purpose.” The retreat was led by Fr. Evan Armatas and was designed to invite and encourage Orthodox Christians to choose to live their faith on purpose. Listen to the first lecture here.
Did you ever wonder about the history and practice of the Pre-Sanctified Liturgy? In a 2-part episode of Speaking the Truth in Love, Fr. Tom Hopko talks about the theology surrounding this service as well as the aberrant practices from the past that have since been largely corrected. Part 1 is below and part 2 can be accessed by clicking on the image to the left.